The components of a great office
When it comes to creating a great working environment, it’s important to incorporate some essential items into your office design and space plan that will help contribute to the productivity and success of your business. Making sure that your employees are happy in their environment plays a large part in the success of your business. They need a space that’s comfortable, functional, inspiring - with enough room to take a break away from their computers, relax and re-energise. To help you create a great office that your staff will love, we’ve highlighted some essential items that you ought to be incorporated into your new office design:
Adequate Office Space
Employees need adequate space at their workstations. If you are occupying an open plan space, how you fit people into the spaces will depend largely upon the shape of your office, but you need to allocate a minimum amount of space per employee. The British Council for Offices suggests a best practice range of between 12 – 17m2 per person. To make calculate the total amount of office space you need, use this easy Office Space Calculator.
Break Out Area
Your staff spend a large proportion of their day at their desks, starring at their computer screens and they need an area where they can take regular “screen breaks”. It doesn’t have to be a large area: a few comfortable chairs and table will make your office look great – or you can use a small table with chairs that staff can use to eat their lunch or meet informally to discuss projects.
Your new office should contain a kitchenette with facilities to make tea and coffee and a fridge where staff can keep their lunch chilled. Make sure you have all the necessary accessories they might enjoy as well; milk sugar, mugs and if you can throw in any extras such as a chilled water machine or keep the fridge stocked with coke you will make working for your company that little bit more desirable.
Research has shown that the temperature of an office is likely to influence worker productivity. The optimum temperature is generally considered to be between 21 – 22 fahrenheit. If your office doesn't have comfort cooling, air conditioning units are essential in the warmer and cooler months so that staff can adjust the temperature themselves.
These are just a few simple issues that will contribute to making your office a pleasant environment for your staff. For more office design and layout advice, consult with an Office Fit-Out Company in your area. Consulting with them will provide you with invaluable and cost-effective tips that you can implement when you move office.
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